WR Zach Pascal - Indianapolis Colts
|6-2, 219||Born: 12-18-1994||College: Old Dominion||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Pascal has been very unpredictable this year, but he has had high peaks, including last week vs. Tennessee. This week's game vs. Tampa offers a matchup that is just as good with the Colts backs against the walls and TY Hilton very likely out again.
Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. Jacoby Brissett has had a tough time in charge of an injury-plagued Colts passing offense. While he did pass for over 300 yards last week, Brissett made some poor decisions with a couple of interceptions and has not passed for just two touchdowns in his past five games. This receiving group has been decimated from injuries, from the season-ending injuries to both Eric Ebron and Chester Rogers to the continued sidelining of T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell. Neither Hilton nor Campbell are likely to return this week, but do keep an eye on practice reports as having either back (especially Hilton) would lift the tide in this otherwise mediocre passing offense. This leaves Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as the top targets, both of whom were quite productive last week but have proven to be highly inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. Tampa Bay has consistently struggled against the pass this season, giving up the second-most passing yards per game (281.1) and passing touchdowns (27) on the year as they have faced more passing attempts per game (41.8) than any other defense. Whether looking at the entire season or the last five games, this defense has also given up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The past two weeks, however, have been better for the Buccaneers as this defense has forced three interceptions while allowing only one touchdown per game and even limiting the Jaguars to just 240 passing yards last week. A strong pass rush with 33 sacks has helped and will continue to benefit this defense, but not so much this week as the Colts have one of the better offensive lines in football. The cornerbacks for Tampa Bay have very little name recognition, but they have actually played up to par in direct coverage. It has been the safeties for this defense that have set them apart, especially considering they have allowed 10 passing plays of 40 or more yards. Therin lies what could be an issue for the Colts this week, as Jacoby Brissett has not been particularly adept at throwing deep this season while he may lack any viable deep threats if T.Y. Hilton is not back on the field. The Colts have the edge, but not as much as one might think against what has been an exploitable passing defense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Zach Pascal's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 109 / 0 rec)
Zach Pascal was the Colts best offensive player. Pascal made plays downfield and underneath for nice chunks of yardage. Pascal came wide open on a number of occasions on what appeared to be blown coverage assignments. Pascal made a 7 yard catch running a quick out route. Pascal got wide open running a deep crossing route for a 20 yard gain. Pascal did a nice job of finding a void in the TItans defense over the middle for 19 yards. A few plays later Pascal made another strong catch over the middle this time for 26 yards. Pascal made an underneath catch and made a nice move for 12 yards. Pascal showed his pace and quickness taking another underneath pass for a 19 yard gain.
2019 Week 11 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Zach Pascal had two drops and could have had a much bigger game. Pascal ran a curl route and made a nice move after the catch to pick up 14 yards. Pascal dropped an underneath catch. Pascal drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty as he was interfered with at the top of his route. Brissett missed Pascal on two occasions in the first half; one was simply off target from Brissett. The second was a potential big play but Pascal had only half a step of separation and it would have had to have been a perfect throw. Pascal drew another 13 yard pass interference penalty this time on a back shoulder throw inside Jacksonville's 5 yard line. Pascal had a potential 30 yard catch bounce off his hands and get intercepted. Pascal appeared to absorb contact before the pass arrived but Pascal has made tougher catches before. Look for Pascal to bounce back in a more favorable match up.
2019 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Zach Pascal came open running an in breaking route and made a 23 yard catch on 3rd and 10. Pascal saw a number of targets from Hoyer but Hoyer failed to deliver any catchable contested passes to Pascal. It seemed like Hoyer didn't know where to place the ball targeting Pascal and seemed hesitant to throw him open.
2019 Week 9 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)
Zach Pascal was the offensive star for the Colts. Pascal made some great plays and kept the Colts in this game. Almost all of the Colts successful downfield throws were to Pascal. Pascal made his first catch for 8 yards running a curl on the Colts' first offensive play. Pascal made an 18 yard catch along the sideline working back to Brissett after initially being covered downfield. Campbell picked up 22 yards running a reverse. The play was very blocked but Campbell looked like he was moving at a different speed than defenders. Pascal ran a skinny post from the slot and beat two defenders to secure a 14 yard touchdown catch. Pascal showed strong hands securing the high pass. Pascal made an outstanding sideline catch for 17 yards on 3rd and 19. Pascal made the catch look routine despite the high degree of difficulty. Pascal drew a 35 yard pass interference penalty on what was a questionable call. Pascal then made an outstanding side line catch on a back shoulder throw for 19 yards. Pascal showed outstanding hands and body awareness to get both feet inbounds. The catch and penalty set up a game winning field goal opportunity.
2019 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 6 / 106 / 2 rec)
Zach Pascal played a great game against the Texans. Pascal consistently beat his man and made strong physical plays all over the field. Pascal made a nice contested catch running a deep crossing route for 20 yards. Pascal showed strong hands on the play. Pascal beat a linebacker running a shallow crossing route and leapt into the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown. Pascal made a catch in the flat on 3rd and 2 and took his man for a ride downfield for a 12 yard gain. Pascal once again got matched up with a linebacker and beat his man across the field this time escaping down the sideline for a 34 yard gain. Pascal caught a shovel pass from Brissett off of play action and powered his way into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. Pascal beat his man crossing the deep middle of the field and got wide open for a 26 yard completion.
2019 Week 4 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
Zach Pascal was the Colts most effective offensive player. Pascal showed great hands and ball skills as well the ability to pick up yards after catch. Pascal made a 15 yard catch running up the seam. The catch set up 4th and 3 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the half. Pascal then made a nice catch the following play running a crossing route for 6 yards.. Pascal again found a hole in the Raiders coverage up the seam and turned a modest gain into a 23 yard pick up with good running after the catch. Pascal made a very impressive diving catch up the seam for 28 yards. Pascal did a great job attacking the pass or it could have been intercepted.
2019 Week 3 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
Zach Pascal came wide open running down the sideline on what appeared to be a blown coverage and Brissett found him wide open for a 18 yard touchdown. Pascal again came wide open running downfield and picked up 35 yards thanks to impressive running after the catch. The Falcons seemed unprepared for Pascal releasing upfield on his two big plays.
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